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FUN MAGAZINE, June, 2005.
Sheng Huo Yang Sheng Guan
658, BaDe Road, section 4, 2F
(at the intersection with
HuLing St., near the back of SongShan RR Station)
Hours:10 am-9 pm
Credit cards not accepted. No service charge.
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SongShan was once known as ShiKou, which
is where this place gets its name. "Shi Yuan"
also sounds similar to a Chinese expression that means
"to cherish your relationships". Shi Yuan
is managed by the Song Shan District Farming Association.
The director, Miss Pong Xin Lan, was once a radio show
host and producer, and hopes to demonstrate her organizational
skills and belief in "natural living". There
are four main focuses in Shi Yuan's management policies:
appreciation for agriculture, health consciousness,
current trends, and humanity. All the food and drinks
are organic. The rice here is high-quality Taiwanese
rice, very sweet and fragrant. Even the water is "energy
water" that has been distilled through volcanic
mineral rocks. As a result, the teas and coffees are
delicious. Through the food and water, it is hoped that
customers will cherish farmers' hard work and foster
a love for nature. Shi Yuan used to be an old ShiKou
granary and has maintained its Baroque-style exterior
and interior architectural structures. Old farming equipment
adorns the interior, adding to the retro feel. Various
set meals are available here for between NT$150 and
NT$199. Healthy medicinal stewed soups are only NT$220
and are not only delicious, but also very affordable.
--By Shanzi Chen, translated
by Cara Steenstra